Bridging the gap: Bringing together intentional and unintentional injury prevention efforts to improve health and well being

Larry Cohen, Ted Miller, Monique A. Sheppard, Emily Gordon, Toni Gantz, Rebkha Atnafou

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Abstract

Problem: Intentional and unintentional injury prevention efforts have traditionally been independent and non-integrated. Fostering collaboration between the sub-fields would enhance work within both sub-fields and advance injury prevention work as a whole. Method: A systematic assessment of similarities and differences between the sub-fields was performed, including an examination of relevant definitions and norms, research methods and findings, key risk and resiliency factors, and prevention strategies that would promote collaboration and better advance current prevention efforts. Results/Summary: Several areas exist in which injury prevention efforts could be coordinated or ideas and practices could be cross-applied, including training of practitioners, data collection and analysis, application of tools and methodologies, examination of risk and resiliency factors, and identification of funding sources and partners. Impact on Industry: This paper delineates how intentional and unintentional injury prevention practitioners can more effectively collaborate to promote safer environments and further reduce incidence of injury. An integrated injury prevention approach could significantly impact the underlying contributors to both types of injury, allowing practitioners within both sub-fields to achieve greater outcomes through increased credibility, reduced duplication of efforts, more efficient use of resources, and unified injury prevention messages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-483
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Safety Research
Volume34
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Collaboration
  • Intentional injury
  • Prevention
  • Risk and resiliency
  • Unintentional injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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